UN launches strategic review of Mali peacekeeping mission in volatile context
The United Nations is due to begin a strategic review of its MINUSMA peacekeeping mission in Mali in the first half of October.
The UN's OHCHR is shortly due to hand over its investigation on the killings that took place in the village of Moura in central Mali in March to the body's Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. The document points the finger at Mali's Armed Forces and Russia's Wagner group, and could have repercussions on the UN's presence in Mali.
The Malian junta and the Russian paramilitary company Wagner are close to an agreement that would provide for the deployment of 500 men in about ten localities. France, bitterly opposed to the arrival of Russian mercenaries, is due to hold a defence council on Mali at the Elysée on 22 December.
The military junta has just given the Malian army new armoured vehicles of Russian and Chinese origin. But by having many different suppliers, the army is actually running the risk of becoming less effective in its operations against armed groups.
Germany is stepping up its contribution to the fight against violent extremism in the Sahel by equipping the Malian army with some 30 Puma M36 armoured vehicles acquired from South Africa's OTT Technologies. This €15m endowment is part of a plan to strengthen the armed forces put in place by the National Transitional Council.